(FDR Lights the National Christmas Tree (photo from 1940)
It's getting to be that time of year again - and you know Christmas is just around the corner when they start lighting the National Tree. Since the season keeps moving up, I suppose it's only natural the tree gets lit today, as opposed to December 24th as it was during the Roosevelt years.
And in 1935, FDR did the honors.
FDR: “For the spirit of Christmas knows no race, no creed, no clime, no limitation of time or space. Yes, the spirit of Christmas breathes an eternal message of peace and goodwill to all men.”
I think it's safe to say the season has officially begun.
(FDR - taking the right-wing brickbats in stride)
From April 28, 1935, his seventh Fireside Chat since taking office in 1933. FDR took the opportunity to lay out his plans for Social Security and Unemployment Insurance. The Social Security Read more...